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Allestree, Richard. The ladies calling in two parts. Oxford: Pr. at the Theater, 1673. 8vo (18.1 cm, 7.12"). , 141, , 96, 89–94, 99– pp. (engr. frontis. lacking). $225.00
Conduct book for women, from the author of The Whole Duty of Man — generally considered to be Richard Allestree, although Richard Stern and Lady Dorothy Pakington have also been suggested, among others. Allestree (1619–81) was a royalist Church of England clergyman; Bishop Fell reports that "few of his time had either a greater compass or a deeper insight into all parts of learning" (DNB). Like his Whole Duty, the present treatise enjoyed massive popularity, and became one of the most influential examples of its kind in setting forth ideal feminine behavior in all stages of life. Present here is the second edition (stated as "second impression" on the title-page), following the first of the same year.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked inscription of Henry Ebel, plausibly the author and psychohistorian (1938–2008).
ESTC R4982; Wing (rev. ed.) A1142; Madan, Oxford Books, 2963. On Allestree, see: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online. Contemporary polished calf, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-stamped decorations in compartments; binding sometime varnished with leather much worn and abraded, front joint cracked and back joint starting, spine extremities and label chipped, corners rubbed. Title-page with early inscription cut away and leaf later repaired, with partial loss of impression line; lacking frontispiece. Pages age-toned with light waterstaining to early lower margins; about 24 leaves (non-consecutive) with vertical smears of blue ink affecting but not obscuring text; a few leaves towards back with minor worming in lower outer corners. Unprepossessing physically, still a very readable copy still in a contemporary binding. (40981) Please RESHELVE This.
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